8 Reasons to Get Citi’s American Airlines Business Card Before the 70,000 Mile Offer Gets Pulled

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CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Mastercard®

There’s a better offer than I’ve ever seen before for the CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Mastercard®. It’s a card I picked up myself for the bonus miles, which is useful because there’s no longer a great way to earn miles through another credit card and transfer those miles to American. And for all of my criticisms, there’s no mileage currency I wind up spending more often than my AAdvantage miles.

  1. 70,000 bonus miles the initial offer for this card is the biggest I’ve ever seen, 70,000 AAdvantage miles after spending $4,000 within the first 4 months of account opening.

  2. Redeem that bonus for two of the best products in the world 70,000 miles is exactly what it costs from the US to the Mideast, India or Maldives on Qatar. You can even fly Qatar’s Qsuites, the best business class in the world.

    Credit: Qatar Airways

    Flying business class from the US to Southeast Asia also costs 70,000 miles — and you can fly carriers including Japan Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, and Cathay Pacific.

    Cathay Pacific

  3. It’s almost live having Gold status, but without the upgrades Golds rarely get anyway. The card offers first checked bag on domestic American Airlines itineraries and preferred boarding on American flights.

  4. No annual fee the first year so the initial bonus doesn’t come with the card’s $99 annual fee, and the other card benefits like free checked bags and boarding privileges don’t either.

  5. First class awards. AAdvantage miles are great if you want to redeem for international first class because they have some of the best airlines in the world as their partners, airlines that offer an international first class product, and that make first class available to partners on points.

    I’ve been fortunate to regularly redeem my miles for Qantas first class, Cathay Pacific first class, and Etihad first class — not to mention that first class is available on Japan Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, and British Airways.

    Qantas First Class

  6. Doesn’t add to 5/24 Citibank business cards you carry aren’t reported to your personal credit so do not count towards Chase’s 5/24 restrictions. You can get this card without pushing up that numerator.

  7. Can get personal and business from both Citi and Barclays Miles you earn from this offer aren’t the end of the story. Citibank has a personal AAdvantage card too and American also partners with Barclays for its co-branded credit cards. As I’ve frequently heard flight attendants remind customers on flights, you can get AAdvantage cards from both Citi and Barclays. That’s four cards you can get earning the same mileage currency.

  8. No credit cards earn American AAdvantage miles faster. Delta and United have bank partners whose own products earn points faster than the co-brands do, where it makes sense to put your spending on another card and then transfer (from Amex) to Delta or (from Chase) to United. However there’s no bank card out there that earns American AAdvantage miles faster.

    The card earns 2 miles per dollar on American Airlines flights, telecommunications merchants, cable and satellite providers, car rental merchants and at gas stations. This isn’t my go to card for spending but it’s an improved rate and the best earning for AAdvantage miles.

  9. Anecdotally easy to get I’ve had this card in the past but I was approved without difficulty when I wanted to take advantage of this offer after it came out. That’s 70,000 more miles in my pocket.

About Gary Leff

Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community InsideFlyer.com, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »

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  1. Does Citi expedite card delivery if you request it after approval. I have a kitchen remodel to use for this min spend.

  2. I think the Citi anti churn rules are less restrictive but more difficult to work with to make sure you don’t apply, get approved, do the min spend and then get told your not eligible for the bonus because of a card in that citi card family you forgot you opened or closed in past 24 months.

  3. I just received an email invitation today for 75k points after $5K spend in 5 months, with the AF waived for the first year. So keep an eye on those inboxes!

  4. Am I understanding correctly? Point #3 says the card has free checked bag and early boarding, but Point #4 says those *aren’t* provided in the first year you have the card?

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